Dress down day was always a day of much panic and stress for me as a child. If you didn't have the cool clothes (I didn't) then you could be ridiculed or bullied for this. To have to 'dress down' every day would have been horrendous for me.
A uniform on the other hand, easy and they're generally built for greater wear ad tear too.
I'm for school uniforms as long as they are gender neutral. At my secondary school girls had to wear skirts in spring/summer, which I think is completely wrong. Girls should be allowed to wear trousers (and boys skirts if they so wish), but so many schools force skirts upon girls. When I asked why we had to wear skirts, the only reply I ever got was 'because it is the school uniform', meaning she couldn't come up with a good reason.
Uniforms are good because:
1. They help identify you on a school trip (useful if you get lost, as you can look out for other kids wearing the uniform).
2. Helps identify which school you come from when travelling (useful for the public if a child is poorly behaved and needs reporting)
3. Helps kids get ready for the world of work, where you should dress smartly.
All great points Bryony. And I am with you 100 per cent about girls being able to wear trousers. How in the world are they supposed to play and muck about in skirts?! My sister always hated wearing dresses and skirts. She dreaded wearing her uniform and it was a massive point of contention both at home and at school. But, had girls been given the same opportunity as the boys, everybody could have been spared a lot of grief.
It was even worse at primary, where we had to wear dresses and pinafores! It is a very good point you make about 'mucking about' too. You can't do that sort of thing very well in a dress/skirt, and what about hanging upside down on climbing frames?
I'm for school uniforms but I'm against the cost that some schools charge for them being only able to purchase from the school. Also against schools changing different parts of the uniform so younger siblings cannot wear them causing more cost grief to a lot of parents.
helga, you're right on point. It is absolutely ludicrous just how much school uniforms can cost. Parents can spend a fortune paying for one uniform, only to have to buy a new one a couple of years later.